The largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, Old Sturbridge Village portrays the daily life of a rural New England town from 1790 to 1840, with 40 original buildings allowing visitors to get an authentic look at post-colonial America. Bulk up your historical knowledge by roaming into the village's sawmill, law office, district school, and more, while demanding answers about the absence of a historical used horse-and-buggy dealership. Inquirers can listen to the historical interpreters that make the town bustle each day, from the rugged blacksmith to the farmer cultivating the fields. Along with admission to the past, this deal gets you on the stagecoach ride and riverboat ride, which are available from August 14 to September 30. Check the Old Sturbridge Village website (designed to look like a 19th-century web page) for its calendar, featuring events such as the Redcoats & Rebels military reenactment, which will bring boisterous cannons and lithe fifes to the village this weekend.
All 20 of Mohegan Bowl's lanes are dedicated to candlepin bowling, the region's famous style of the game that features cylindrical pins and smaller, hole-free balls. Every day of the week, the facility rumbles beneath powerful rolls and marching pins protesting their contracts. Mohegan also provides additional forms of entertainment, including an arcade room stocked with pool tables, more than 35 interactive games, and a prize center stocked with temptingly winnable gifts. No matter how many games they play, guests can always take a pit stop at the alley's new All Star Pub, which features handmade pizzas, sizzling burgers, and a full menu of alcoholic beverages.
For more than 20 years, students of English riding have flocked to Four Winds Farm’s sprawling grounds, which encompass five paddocks, three spacious barns, and both indoor and outdoor riding venues. The licensed coaches impart the fundamentals of English riding during private and group sessions, which can help build confidence in novices perched atop gentle lesson horses or finesse the technique of show riders. Horse owners can also stable their steeds in the farm’s barn, thanks to a boarding program in which horses are fed and turned out daily to ensure that their muscle memories retain rider-friendly motions.
Music courses throughout the alley as visitors sate competitive appetites with multiple bowling lanes, an 18-hole mini golf course, six pool tables, and a variety of arcade games. Bowlers first snuggle their feet into pairs of rented bowling shoes before unleashing themselves on the lanes, punishing pins with each stroke frame by frame. Bogey's automatic scoring machines make keeping tally easy so players aren't forced to scrawl numbers on the back of receipts or birth certificates. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m., black lights douse the alley in florescent color and disco balls sparkle and spin. Bogey's mini golf course awaits diminutive domination, taking putters past well-manicured greenery, winding brick paths, and loitering lawnmowers. Although not included with today's deal, guests can refuel at the bar with a beer or glass of wine or celebrate a victorious match with ice cream from the snack bar.
After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
Founded in 1875, the Worcester Historical Museum collects, displays, and preserves the triumphs and tribulations of the heart of the commonwealth, from its earliest beginnings as an agricultural center to its role as an industrial bigwig. Past exhibits have focused on Worcester as the birthplace of barbed wire, the monkey wrench, and the space suit, as well as the smiley face, first drawn by a local freelance artist in 1963. A permanent installation, In Their Shirtsleeves, tells the tales of Worcester's industrial heritage, including the account of a resident who became the first to mass produce shredded wheat. A general-admission ticket also grants history hounds access to the Salisbury Mansion, a house museum built in 1772 that was inhabited by three generations of juicy salisbury steaks, as well as the museum library, a conglomeration of genealogies, local histories, and records of Massachusetts soldiers from the earliest American wars. Visitors must make an appointment to view archival materials.
EcoTarium’s three floors of exhibits creatively use wildlife, scientific concepts, and the museum’s natural history collection to help children discover the natural world. "Cyberchase—The Chase Is On!", a new interactive exhibit based on the PBS KIDS GO! math mystery cartoon and running for a limited time, allows visitors to protect the virtual universe by cunningly solving puzzles and math problems. "Bubbles," a seasonal exhibit, lets children discover different bubble shapes and stand inside a humungous bubble. Many animals such as a polar bear, bald eagles, and otters frolic peaceably within the museum grounds, which also features 55 acres of nature trails. Regular museum events, a digital planetarium, and free parking are also available.